Natural Events

Blizzard in Historic Winchester

We were lucky enough to be in Winchester for the Blizzard of 2016. We had over 3 feet of snow from Friday to Saturday night!  This town is beautiful year round, but it took on a whole new beauty when blanketed in snow and icicles.  And sledding with our next door neighbors and their friends made us feel like kids again (until I broke the sled…then I felt like a fat old guy)!

American Samoa NP – Ofu

American Samoa is a group of islands in the South Pacific comprised primarily of Tutuila and the Manu’a Islands (Ofu, Olosega and Ta’u).  It is located about 2600 miles Southwest of Hawaii and about 4800 miles southwest of the mainland United States.  Samoa (formerly Western Samoa)  is its closes neighbor, but on the other side of the International Date Line, making American Samoa one day behind Samoa.

The Samoa Islands are part of Polynesia, and have been populated for over 3000 years.  Samoa is believed to be the birthplace of the Polynesian culture.

The lagoon along the south coast of Ofu offers the best snorkeling waters in the park.

For more information about this park, visit the National Park Service website at:

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